Budget Meals

Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.

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How to Host a Meal for 5 without Breaking the Bank

You want to throw a dinner party for five, but how do you do it without blowing your budget? We have some tips on how to do so affordably.

How to Save Tomato Seeds for Planting

Why buy tomatoes when you can grow your own from the ground up? Find out how easy tomato seeds are to harvest, save and plant in your own garden!

Slow Cookers: They're Hot Again

Slow cookers are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen. You can impress your guests and your family with your mad cooking skills, with very little work involved.

What can you do with leftover cooked vegetables?

Don't let your leftover vegetables rot in the fridge. With a little creativity, you can use them for every meal of the day.

What can you do with leftover juice from tomatoes?

Leftover tomato juice is a mecca of flavoring options just waiting to be tapped into. Don't drain that flavor goodness down your sink; get creative and spice up your meal.

10 Alternatives to Expensive Ingredients

Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for.

10 Budget Busters on Everyday Restaurant Menus

Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you.

10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans

If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts.

10 Frugal Cooking Tips

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills.

10 Frugal Pantry Staples

Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much.

10 Frugal School Lunch Ideas

Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course!

10 Great Casseroles on a Budget

Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor?

10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals?

5 Tips for Making a Meal for Under $25

Whole lobsters for four might be a splurge. But lobster mac and cheese? That's more reasonable. What simple tricks can keep your homemade meals under $25 without sacrificing the tastiest ingredients?

10 Low-budget Uses for Corn

Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost!

10 Party Food Ideas on a Budget

Times are tough, but the party must go on. These ideas for economical party fare let the good times roll without sinking your budget.

10 Reasons You Should Host a Potluck

You love to entertain, but who has time for all that cooking, decorating and cleaning? Luckily, you can solve all those problems with one word: potluck.

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

You don't have to spend a fortune on your groceries. We'll show you how.

5 Cheap Pasta Meals for Families

With rising food prices, pasta is a great foundation for feeding your family on the cheap. Check out our suggestions for a variety of satisfying, economical pasta meals.

10 Creative Ways to Use Banana Peppers

Do you have a bushel of banana peppers from your garden, and nothing to do with them? Never fear. We have ways to use them all.

5 Delicious Frugal Meals

You're not restricted to tasteless, lackluster foods just because you're on a budget. Here are five delicious and frugal meals that won't break the bank.

5 Easy Cheap Dinners for Families

Finding cheap family dinners that won't bore your brood might seem daunting. But we've cooked up five winners for you.

Inedible to Incredible Recipes

Try these great recipes from the TLC show Inedible to Incredible with Chef John Besh.

Splurge vs. Save: Lobster vs. Crab

If you're torn between shelling out for the luxurious taste of lobster and saving your budget with the more cost-effective crab, you might not have to choose. There are ways to combine the two and serve up a seafood dish your guests will love.

Foods Under 5 Dollars Pictures

Food prices have been steadily rising and it can be a challenge to find food for less than five dollars. Do you know where to look? Explore our gallery and discover where you can find some cheap treats!